"…excellent, thorough, and highly persuasive…"
Arend Lijphart – University of California San Diego – author of Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms & Performance in Thirty-six Countries
"Democracies are not all created equal. Some constitutions perform better than others. In this book, Tiago Ribeiro dos Santos does an excellent job summarizing the existing empirical literature and making a case that parliamentary democracies outperform their competitors. This book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in constitutional design, political theory, or improving the efficacy of government."
Jason Brennan – Georgetown University – author of Why Not Capitalism?
"All major aspects of the debate about optimal government structure are tackled in this book by Tiago Santos. It has data, theory, literature review and some nice tirades. He convinced me. At a minimum, it will shake your convictions"
Carlos Eduardo Gonçalves – Canal Por Quê? – author of Economia na palma da mão: Do economês para o português
Could the best hope for the crisis of democracy be right under our noses? In this provocative short book, Tiago Santos argues that if we were to apply the same standards to parliamentarism as we apply to most policy proposals, it would pass the test with flying colors. For such a claim, he relies on common sense, theory, and evidence, drawing from lessons from Political Science, Economics and History
Tiago Ribeiro dos Santos has been a Brazilian career diplomat since 2007. He has a law degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, a professional degree from Instituto Rio Branco (Brazil’s national diplomatic academy), and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
None of the opinions here or in the book reflect the views of any institution he has been associated with.
Why Not Parliamentarism? is available under the Creative Commons Attribution – NonCommercial 4.0 International license (CC-BY-NC 4.0).